Hits and misses

July 16, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

On the field: Starter Rick Krivda got a scare in the third inning. Alex Gonzalez lined a ball back to the mound and off Krivda's glove. The pitcher pounced on the ball, pivoted from his knees and whipped it over to first, but Gonzalez just beat the throw. Krivda threw a couple of warm-up tosses to make sure he wasn't hurt and remained in the game. He ended up yielding four runs that inning.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson wasn't just giving Manny Alexander a shot. The entire lineup had a different feel to it. Mark Smith got his 10th start in left field since being recalled from Triple-A on June 17 and Bill Ripken started at second base for just the 11th time this year, in place of Roberto Alomar, who has an injured left ring finger.

In the clubhouse: Cal Ripken on the adjustments that come with a move from shortstop to third: "The hitters are the same and the pitchers are the same," Ripken said. "I may be at a little different angle, but hopefully the art of positioning and anticipation will transcend to third."

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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